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Get Lit Salon Series

Spirited conversation. Literary culture.

Inspired by 18th century salons, Get Lit is a night of spirited conversation and literary culture every first Thursday at Valley Bar in the Reading Room (130 N Central Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85004) from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Salons are hosted by local writers, professors, or other members of the community, who speak for three to five minutes on a topic of their choice before opening up the conversation to the room. Guests must be 21 or older. Everyone is welcome. All salons are free. 

To learn more about Get Lit, you can view upcoming salons below or learn more about Get Lit. You can also meet this month's host or view past salons

Have something you'd like talk about? Know someone who does? Nominate yourself or someone else to host today!

Upcoming Salons

Get Lit: Black Optimism with Greg Moore
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

What is our lived experience of racism? How does it affect our mental health? What are some positive actions that we can take to redistribute resources and advance our community? Join author, sports writer, and award-winning opinion journalist for the Arizona Republic Greg Moore for a conversation on racism, mental health, and staying optimistic at this month's Get Lit!

Get Lit: Decolonization with Amanda R. Tachine
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 7:00pm

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

This Month: Decolonization with Dr. Amanda R. Tachine


Get Lit: Every Month is Poetry Month with Poets and Muses with Poets and Muses
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Normally every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar. Online During COVID-19. 

April is National Poetry Month. But what about the rest of the year? What does the poetry scene look like in the Valley? Who gets to be visible? What images does "poet" conjure up in your mind? What's their backstory? How is poetry perceived in the public sphere? Can we broaden the appeal of poetry? Should we?


Get Lit: Desert Humanities with Celina Osuna with Celina Osuna
Thursday, May 6, 2021 - 7:00pm

Spirited Conversation. Literary Culture. Usually every 1st Thursday at Valley Bar; currently online due to COVID-19.